Weekly Summary 02/03/2020

A warm welcome to a cold February!
This week we have some updates on Yahoo Groups, and a couple of shutdowns.

We recently passed the deadline for the shutdown of Yahoo Groups, but as of me writing this it seems that the “get my data” services are still functional. Currently Archive Team’s own Tracker reports 2.76 TB of data to have been saved. The “Save Yahoo Groups” team (aka Yahoo Groups Fandom Rescue Project, aka Yahoo Gedden) hasn’t fully tallied up their data yet, but have counted the number of groups they’ve downloaded so far to be about 84,655 and the number of groups they are still retrieving from to be about 38,000 for a total of 123K groups! We did a more detailed report on the situation earlier this week which you can read here.

The SRPG/Card Game Hybrid Duelyst was announced to be shutting down later into February a few days ago:
We are saddened to announce that the Duelyst servers will be shutting down permanently on February 27th, 2020 at 3:00 PM PST. Saying goodbye to any game is never easy, and it’s always hardest when you love the game as much as we all love Duelyst. We’re incredibly proud of the effort our developers have put in on Duelyst over the years, and even more proud of the amazing community of friends and gamers that have enjoyed Duelyst.
We want to thank all of you for being a part of the Duelyst family, and for making our time working on Duelyst the amazing adventure it has been.
As a final thank you, the prices of in-game items have been lowered significantly and refunds are being offered for recent in-game currency purchases.
Seeing as the game requires a server connection it will be as good as dead. There is already discussion on fan revivals/sequels on the r/duelyst subreddit for anyone interested.
Finally, the goth social network Vampire Freaks was shut down two days ago, on February 1st. The site’s shutdown had been announced months ago, so it likely didn’t come as a surprise to much of the community. A portion of the diaspora of users seem to have migrated to the Discord Server of r/goth for anyone who might be looking to find a few old friends.

Stay tuned for next week’s summary, where we’ll hopefully see each other again same time next week at EST 9 AM!


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